Very Best Of

The Very Best Of

by Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
     
 
The earlier EMI Billy J. Kramer collection At Abbey Road 1963-1966 is actually better than this 29-song collection, in that it contains some fascinating studio outtakes and ranges well beyond the hits, into some real obscurities. But this disc is probably easier to find, and it does touch all of the essential bases and quite a few more -- indeed, this probably

Overview

The earlier EMI Billy J. Kramer collection At Abbey Road 1963-1966 is actually better than this 29-song collection, in that it contains some fascinating studio outtakes and ranges well beyond the hits, into some real obscurities. But this disc is probably easier to find, and it does touch all of the essential bases and quite a few more -- indeed, this probably has more songs than casual fans (especially in the U.S.) ever thought Kramer recorded, and there's also more rock & roll here than many people will associate with him, as most of his hits tended to be in a pop
ock vein. And it's all in excellent sound, as well. And there's even one track representing Kramer's backing band, the Dakotas, working on their own, though it is the most obvious one that could possibly have been chosen, "The Cruel Sea." The annotation is reasonably thorough as well, and it makes for a diverting hour or so of midtempo early/mid-'60s Merseybeat.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2005
Label:
Emi Gold Imports
UPC:
0094631197420
catalogNumber:
3119742
Rank:
8490

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Billy J. Kramer   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Ray Bryant   Composer
Ronnie Scott   Composer
Jerry Fuller   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Terry Britten   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Kenny Lynch   Composer
Robin McDonald   Composer
John McFarland   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Mike Maxfield   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Tony Macaulay   Composer
Clive Westlake   Composer
Dave McAleer   Liner Notes
Bill Giant   Composer
Warren Moore   Composer
J. M. Robinson   Composer

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